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Photo by Stanley Jones
Fundo Alto Nieva, San Martín, Peru, January 2017
Heliangelus regalis

Identification

Photo by Stanley Jones
Fundo Alto Nieva, San Martín, Peru, January 2017

10–12 cm (4-4¾ in)

  • Straight black bill
  • Deeply forked tail (less so in the femae)

Male

  • Shining dark blue overall plumage
  • Brighter iridescent forecrown

Female

  • Dark green
  • Cinnamon underparts with bronze-green spots
  • Pale breast band

Distribution

South America: found in Ecuador and Peru.

Taxonomy

Subspecies

Subspecies regalis
Photo by Luis R
Fundo Alto Nieva, San Martin, Peru, March 2018

There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • H. r. regalis:
  • Very local in Andes of south-eastern Ecuador (Zamora-Chinchipe) and of northern Peru (Cajamarca, Amazonas, and San Martín)
  • H. r. johnsoni:
  • Local in central Peru (Cordillera Azul, south-western Loreto)

Habitat

Scrub forest, secondary tropical humid montane forest (cloud forest) at 1,903 m (6,243 ft) elevation, eastern-slope of the Andes.

Behaviour

Diet

Their diet consists of nectar and small insects.

Breeding

The female incubates the 2 white eggs.

References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved January 2017)
  4. BF Member observations
  5. ArKive

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